IN FLAMES Guitarist Hopes Bassist BRYCE PAUL Will Stay In The Band: 'I Love The Guy'

YesterdazeNews magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Björn Gelotte of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES on June 10 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below. When asked how IN FLAMES came to recruit Bryce Paul to play bass on the current tour following the departure of longtime bassist Peter Iwers, Gelotte said: “Well, so, Håkan [Skoger], a really good friend of ours, came in and did the bass on the U.K. run we did, and then we did a European run after that. But family life didn’t work with what we do. We’re … Continue reading

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Performing With Singer TOMMY VEXT At GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Professionally filmed video footage of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH performing two songs — “The Bleeding” and “Wash It All Away” — on June 17 at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium can be seen at Graspop.be. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH announced on Wednesday that singer Ivan Moody will sit out the remainder of the band’s European tour due to his battles with alcohol. Former DIVINE HERESY and current BAD WOLVES vocalist Tommy Vext is filling in for Moody, who threatened to quit the band onstage at Monday’s concert in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Vext, who has been traveling with FIVE … Continue reading

Watch RATT Perform At SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Fan-filmed video footage of RATT‘s June 9 performance at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden can be seen below. The reunited RATT, featuring three members of the band’s classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — has played several shows so far this year after reforming in 2016 in the midst of a highly publiced legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name. They were joined at the gigs by former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT‘s last studio album, 2010’s “Infestation”, and drummer Jimmy … Continue reading

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Being Knighted By Danish Crown Prince: 'I Am Very Happy And Proud'

METALLICA‘s Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich was recently officially dubbed a knight by the Danish crown prince. The musician was officially knighted on May 26 but he physically received the medal this past week during Frederik‘s trip to San Francisco, where the royal handed over the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog to the 53-year-old drummer on behalf of Queen Margrethe for Ulrich‘s long-standing contribution to music. Speaking to the Dallas radio station 97.1 The Eagle, Ulrich stated about the honor (see video below): “I’ve heard a lot about this the last couple of days. The English take on it … Continue reading

VOLBEAT Frontman Says The Music Business 'Has Lost Its Soul'

HardDrive Radio host Lou Brutus conducted an interview with frontman Michael Poulsen of Danish/American rock ‘n’ rollers VOLBEAT before the band’s May 12 concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the support act for METALLICA. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he can recall any memorable VOLBEAT shows at large venues: Michael: “There’s been lots of them. We’ve been touring all around the world. One that always sticks out was Madison Square Garden with METALLICA. Not only because it was with METALLICA, but because of the history of … Continue reading

CHAD KROEGER On Vocal-Cord Surgery: 'When I Woke Up, I Sounded Just Like The Loser From NICKELBACK'

Holland’s FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with frontman Chad Kroeger of Canadian rockers NICKELBACK. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he did any songwriting while recovering from surgery to remove a cyst on his vocal cords in 2015: Chad: “No, I didn’t. I need my voice to write melodies and so sometimes you’re singing a melody and then it’s the jigsaw puzzle of putting the lyrics into that melody. That would be really tough to do. I guess I could have done it on a piano if I sat down … Continue reading

ICED EARTH's STU BLOCK On His Time With INTO ETERNITY: 'I Don't Think I Really Was The Singer I Could Have Been'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH vocalist Stu Block. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for the band’s new “Incorruptible” album: Stu: “This time around, there’s always little differences in every writing process, every go-around. This one, this go-around, it was really cool. We got this new headquarters [in Indiana], Independence Hall, we have a new little studio that we built. That was really awesome. It was a little more comfortable in that aspect. It’s always work, there’s always lots … Continue reading

OZZY OSBOURNE Opens Up About His Sex Addiction: 'It's By Far The Worst Addiction That I Have'

Ozzy Osbourne has opened up about his sex addiction, nearly a year after he said he was suffering from the disorder when a long-term affair was made public. Ozzy last August apologized to the women with whom he has had extramarital sexual relationships and admitted to undergoing therapy for sex addiction. Ozzy‘s statement came out in the wake of the first interview given by Michelle Pugh, the celebrity hairstylist whose four-year affair with the BLACK SABBATH singer was discovered by Sharon and nearly ended their 33-year marriage. Speaking to Hello! magazine, Ozzy stated about his relationship with Pugh: “She was … Continue reading

Former BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Begins Work On 'Thornz' Solo Album

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has officially commenced work on his long-awaited third solo album. Teamed with drummer Danny “Danté” Needham of TONY MARTIN’S HEADLESS CROSS and VENOM, and American guitarist Scott McClellan, Tony‘s new collection of songs currently has the working title of “Thornz”. It was previously going to be released as “Book Of Shadows”, but that title was dropped because of other works under the same name. According to Martin, his new material is heavier than he has attempted in the past due to the prolific writings of unknown guitarist Scott McClellan who contacted him by chance … Continue reading

Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS POLAND On NICK MENZA's Death: 'It Was Meant To Be'

Chris Poland says that while he was “devastated” by the tragic passing of his OHM: bandmate and fellow former MEGADETH member Nick Menza, he now realizes “it was meant to be.” On May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of natural causes. The cause of Menza‘s death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Menza hooked up with OHM: in 2015 after the … Continue reading